September 28, 2017

Health Benefits of Elecampane | Herbal Remedy for Respiratory Problems

Basic Characteristics of the Plant


Elecampane (Inula helenium), horse-heal, alanroot or elfdock is a long-standing, herbaceous, self-made plant that grows along the banks of the river, stream, around the fields, the roads. 

It can be found in Central and Southern Europe to Asia. Today elecampane is a commercialized plant, and it is cultivated even in America.

This plant belongs to the family of Asteracea, along with the sunflower, because it mostly reminds of it. It is 2 meters high; it has a strong and firm stem that carries the leaves and flowers. In the lower part of the stem, the leaves are large and to the upper part they are smaller and serrated. At the top of the stem is a blossom of yellow color in the shape of a head. (Like sunflower but minor form)

Elecampane flourishes from July to August, while the root is removed during autumn and spring when the plant does not bloom.

What are the Medicinal Parts of Elecampane?


Elecampane’s root is thick, branched and full of mucus, and it has a warm, bitter taste and smell like camphor with sweet flower tones.

The whole plant is a medicinal plant, but the most common use in natural healing finds Elecampane’s root.


Elecampane’s root is thick, branched and full of mucus, and it has a warm, bitter taste and smell like camphor with sweet flower tones.

What is the Chemical Composition of the Plant?


Elecampane contains essential oil, polysaccharides (mostly inulin), small amounts of alkaloids, saponins, vitamin E, resins. It contains selenium.

Elecampane is available in capsules, tinctures and tea.

What are the Health Benefits of Elecampane?


Traditional Chinese and Indian ayurvedic medicine use Elecampane for bronchitis and asthma, as well as ancient Greeks and Romans were


Traditional Chinese and Indian ayurvedic medicine use Elecampane for bronchitis and asthma, as well as ancient Greeks and Romans were.

1. Effect on respiratory problems


Elecampane is a cure for all lung diseases - tuberculosis, cough, bronchitis, asthma. It helps in ejecting the mucus, because it dissolves the mucus in the bronchi.


Elecampane flourishes from July to August, while the root is removed during autumn and spring when the plant does not bloom.


• Cleansing blood, liver, kidneys

• Increases metabolism, lowers glucose levels

• It has positive effects on the operation of the gallbladder and pancreas

• Helps with tiredness and diarrhea

• Natural remedy for elimination of intestinal parasites

• Works against rheumatism and gout

• It can be used externally as a coating in the rashes

Note when using Elecampane


Individuals suffering from heart problems or hypertension should not take Elecampane more than once a week.

  • Elecampane tea


Half a spoon of dried root  pour with cup of boiling water, leave it for 15 minutes and drink one cup in a day, unsweetened, in small sips.